William Gargan, who also played the better known television (and radio) detective Martin Kane, was the voice of New York eye Barrie Craig while Ralph Bell portrayed his associate, Lt. Travis Rogers. Craig's office was on Madison Avenue and his adventures were fairly standard PI fare. He worked alone, solved cases efficiently, and feared no man. As the promos went, he was "your man when you can't go to the cops. Confidentiality a specialty."
This series has been produced with various spellings of the primary character name. Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator is one of the few detective radio series that had separate versions of it broadcast from both coasts. Even the spelling changed over the years. It was first "Barry Crane" and then "Barrie Craig". NBC produced it in New York from 1951 to 1954 and then moved it to Hollywood where it aired from 1954 to 1955. It attracted only occasional sponsors so it was usually a sustainer.
OTRR Certification Information:
Series Name: Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate Certification Date: December 1, 2007 Certification Version: Version 4 (August 2, 2015) Number of CDs: 2
NOTE: Updated Release! Version 4: Upgraded 10 episodes along with misceleanous other changes (2-Aug-2015).
NOTE: Updated Release! Corrected MP3 tags.
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October 23, 2012 Subject:
One of my favorites
This is a great show. Excellent acting as well as really good descriptive imagery.The audio quality is really good also.
March 5, 2010 Subject:
Meet Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator, he doesn't claim not to be your grandfather's private investigator, he's like your grandfather or an old Uncle regailing you about his adventures.
It was the sunset of the radio detective when Barrie Craig hit the air, but the show lasted four seasons with Gargan's tongue in cheek performances. In one show he riffs on Broadway's My Beat. It's a pure pleasure to listen to.
June 14, 2008 Subject:
Both ZIP files have been replaced again, with corrected MP3 tags. The release number has been bumped up to Version 3.
April 13, 2008 Subject:
Impossible to Download CD 1 of 2
I've tried it 4 times now. Could the originator please re-up it?
March 10, 2008 Subject:
Error with one of the files
says it cannot be opened?